Tour code: 31153DMM_2002
Experience the mystical natural attractions of Western Australia’s coast on this 3-day adventure from Perth. Encounter the famous wild dolphins of Monkey Mia and see the ‘living fossil’ stromatolites of Shark Bay, a World Heritage site. Visit the Hawks Head red river gorge in Kalbarri National Park, and see the awe-inspiring limestone formations of the Pinnacles Desert. Rest easy with two nights of superior accommodation in Shark Bay and Kalbarri.

Highlights

  • 3-day tour of Monkey Mia Dolphins, Pinnacles Desert and Kalbarri National Park from Perth
  • Encounter wild dolphins at Monkey Mia
  • Visit the World Heritage-listed area of Shark Bay and the 'living fossil' stromatolites
  • Explore the red river gorges of Kalbarri National Park
  • See the eerie limestone pillar formations of the Pinnacles Desert
  • Two nights superior accommodation with private facilities

What You Can Expect

3-Day Monkey Mia Dolphins, Pinnacles Desert and Kalbarri National Park Tour from Perth

Pinnacles Desert, Perth

Travel north from Perth to explore the wild wonders of Western Australia’s beautiful, rugged coastline. Get an up-close animal encounter with the wild dolphins that swim close to shore at Monkey Mia, and take an optional cruise in World Heritage-listed Shark Bay. Learn about the amazing stromatolites found here, considered the world’s largest ‘living fossils.’

Admire native flora and fauna in Kalbarri National Park, see the area’s picturesque coastal gorges and walk through the otherworldy landscape of the Pinnacles Desert. Stay overnight in Monkey Mia and Kalbarri, and sample regional cuisine with seven included meals. Enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off from Perth and listen to onboard commentary from your guide while traveling in a comfortable air-conditioned coach.

See Itinerary below for a complete description of each day’s activities.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Perth – Port Denison – Shark Bay (L, D)
After morning pickup at your hotel or a central meeting point, depart Perth aboard a comfortable air-conditioned coach for the approximately 9.5-hour, 528-mile (850 km) journey along the coast to Shark Bay. Stop at several points along the way to stretch your legs, including the lobster fishing town of Port Denison, where you’ll enjoy a waterfront lunch. Continue north across the Greenough Flats, known for the unusual native 'leaning trees,' then onto the UNESCO World Heritage-listed area of Shark Bay.

Overnight: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, Monkey Mia (standard rooms)

Day 2: Shark Bay/Monkey Mia – Denham – Kalbarri (B, L, D)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, and then spend time at the water’s edge, where you may encounter a visit by the famous wild dolphins of Monkey Mia. Dolphin appearances can't be guaranteed, but pods of the playful creatures regularly swim up to the shore at frequent intervals to interact with people. Join an optional cruise for another perspective of the aquatic landscape (at own expense).

In the afternoon, visit the town of Denham for lunch, then continue onto Shell Beach, site of the famous stromatolites. These rock-like formations are built by microbes and provide a prehistoric clue into marine life that existed up to 3.5 billion years ago. Travel south to Kalbarri, known for wildflowers (in season) and magnificent rocky landscapes. Visit Hawks Head in Kalbarri National Park, one of the area’s most spectacular red river gorges.

Overnight: Kalbarri Edge Resort, Kalbarri (standard rooms)

Day 3: Kalbarri – Cervantes – Perth (B, L)
Enjoy sightseeing along the Kalbarri coastal gorges, and then travel south, breaking for lunch at the rock lobster fishing village of Cervantes. This town is also the gateway to the Pinnacles Desert, an amazing lunar-like landscape dotted with ancient limestone stacks. Take a guided tour of the otherworldly desert to experience one of Australia's most mystical habitats. Relax on the journey back to Perth, where your tour concludes with hotel drop-off at approximately 7pm.

Customer Reviews

Laurent L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Wonderful experience! Be advised though that it takes a lot of driving to get to Monkey Mia so if you have a problem with riding a bus for nearly 10 hours in a day don't do it!
Other than that, wonderful organization, great food, our guide Bob was wonderful, informative and kind.
Great accomodation too. A must-see if you want to see a lot in a little time!

janet p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The first day was very long driving from Perth to Monkey Mia but worth every klm .A great tour our driver Grant was excellent and very helpful

K S R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This is a great tour with lots to see and good accommodation and meals. We saw natures wonders that are truly memorable. The only suggestion I would make that could improve the tour is to rethink the schedule. The first day was taken up with travelling 850km seeing some amazing scenery flashing by, in some locations along the coast, but not visiting any of the highlights. We couldn't help thinking that we had not chosen well with the tour. However, the second and third day is crammed with the natural wonders of Western Australia. It would be better to re-route the tour so that travellers are seeing some of the tour highlights on the first day, rather than just sitting on a coach for hours, apart from the short rest breaks. The long driving day could then be on the third day when travellers could catch up on some sleep with out worrying that they might miss something.

Robin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

This was the best and most enjoyable tour I have ever taken, in Australia or overseas. The food, the accommodation and the company were great, the experience and the sights of WA were a memorable introduction to a part of WA we hadn't seen before. Our driver, Bob, made the trip, with his well-informed comments, his company, and the value-adding he provided. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

SHERRILL E G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Wonderful trip - lots of driving the first day. Might have been better to add a day and stay someplace in between. Accommodations were very comfortable, food quite good, companions very good, and guide/driver was fantastic!!! Never boring in his commentary, very knowledgeable - the best! Really recommend this trip!

sonialewis

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2012

13/1/12 had a fantastic trip,driver excellent as was accommodation and food. Days are long but extremely interesting and informative.

Leandro S Brazil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

Everything was perfect.

cheryl s

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

I would of liked tour to leave earlier each day so that we could arrive earlier at our overnight stops
We arrived in the dark at most stops and consequently didn't see much or could not use facilities like swimming pools as they were closed and we left to early to swim in morning

Anonymous

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2013

Amazing country on the way up and back to Perth. Such extremes in landscape, but be prepared for a very long first day drive. Plenty of short stops helped. Arrived after dark, ate very late that night as a result, then left at 10:30 am the next morning in Monkey Mia. A bit of free time in each location which for the most part was sufficient but at some stops would have been nice to have more time to walk a trail along the cliffs overlooking the ocean. All-in-all a good trip and so glad I did it.
Did recommend to the company to make this a 4-day trip with more time in Monkey Mia such as arriving in the afternoon with the morning departure the same.
No room-mate matching service so all singles pay the single supplement.

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